Tal­ent Pool win­ner named

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Wilt­shire-based Bri­tish Army sol­dier Neil Gaff has been crowned cham­pion of this year’s Tal­ent Pool shoot­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

The an­nual event, or­gan­ised by South­down Shoot­ing School in Fin­don, Sus­sex, aims to find one tal­ented shooter each year to be men­tored and fully trained to com­pete at the Bri­tish Open English Sport­ing.

Ap­pli­cants at­tend a series of se­lec­tion days, in­ter­views and shoot-offs in pur­suit of a year-long prize fund, which in­cludes the loan of a new Zoli Z-sport shot­gun, 12 one-toone pro­fes­sional coach­ing ses­sions, mem­ber­ship of both South­down Shoot­ing School and the Clay Pi­geon Shoot­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (CPSA), 5,000 NSI car­tridges, branded cloth­ing, en­try fees and travel ex­penses.

This year’s win­ner, CPSA C-class shooter Mr Gaff, is rel­a­tively new to the sport. He will be per­son­ally men­tored by the school’s head coach Si­mon Ar­buckle.

Mr Gaff said: “In my younger days I shot a lit­tle bit of game with my fa­ther, but af­ter I joined the mil­i­tary and moved down south this stopped. I took up clay pi­geon shoot­ing 11 months ago.

“When I first started shoot­ing I saw the footage of last year’s event and set this as my end-of-year goal. I’m cur­rently prac­tis­ing around two times per week and shoot one or two reg­is­tered com­pe­ti­tions each week­end. I can’t get my head around win­ning; to reach my own goal af­ter only a year is sim­ply awe­some. It has not re­ally sunk in that it’s all hap­pen­ing.”

CPSA C-class shooter Neil Gaff is this year’s Tal­ent Pool win­ner

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